Michael Chandler staked him claim to being considered a top lightweight, submitting former Olympian Rick Hawn in the main event of Bellator 85 Thursday night. The card was the first to air on Spike TV for Bellator.
Chandler, who won the title from Eddie Alvarez in 2011, locked in a rear-naked choke with just under two minutes to go in the second round.
Pat Curran also successfully defended his championship, defeating Patricio Freire to remain Bellator featherweight champion.
Jacob Noe def. Seth Petruzelli via TKO (strikes) at 2:51 of Round 1
Michael Chandler def. Rick Hawn via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:07 of Round 2 to retain Bellator lightweight title
Mikhail Zayats def. Renato Sobral via TKO (strikes) at 4:49 of Round 1
Pat Curran def. Patricio Freire via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) to retain Bellator featherweight title
Aaron Miller def. Joe Camacho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jason Lambert def. Hector Ramirez via submission (armbar) at 3:59 of Round 1
J.J. Ambrose def. Brian Warren via submission (guillotine choke) at :50 of Round 2
Emanuel Newton def. Atanas Djambazov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:21 of Round 2
Savant Young def. Mike Guymon via KO (punch) at :48 of Round 2
Joe Williams def. Jamie Yager via TKO (strikes) at 4:02 of Round 1
Cleber Luciano def. Mario Navarro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)